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Goodwill Locator App

Heading out of town on vacation and feel the need to thrift but don’t know where to go?

There’s an app for that!

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Find the nearest Goodwill location on-the-go with their new mobile app for Android and iOS devices!

Enable your phone’s geolocation services to see a list of Goodwill locations near you, or search by entering your address information. You’ll also see hours for each location and the various types of services they offer.

Download the free app today and be on your way! 

Happy thrifting and remember to only use hands-free devices while driving!

Download the app on Google Play         Download on the App Store

Lunch from Los Machados

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a good Sunday

Yesterday after car shopping we stopped at Dutch Country Farmers Market to drop off the vacuum cleaner hose for repair.  After checking in on Foursquare, I unlocked a Loyalty Badge and was awarded 1 lb of FREE Chicken Tenders from Stoltzfus BBQ.  It was definitely a pleasant surprise and was going to be a perfect match for The Ghost Hot Sauce that I had just purchased.

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Tired and hungry we drove over to Los Machados Mexican Restaurant  for a take out lunch.  This was my second time ordering the Texana Salad and it’s delicious; lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and red onions are topped with large succulent shrimp, tender and perfectly seasoned slices of beef and chicken.  I added a few drops of The Ghost Hot Sauce to the salsa dressing and BOOM it was on like popcorn!

Hubby ordered the Vegetarian Delight #10; veggies cooked on the grill, served over a bed of rice and topped with cheese.  Tayair had the Enchiladas Supreme; 1 chicken, 1 bean and 1 cheese and beef enchilada topped with lettuce, tomato, guacamole and sour cream.  This family style, authentic Mexican restaurant is colorful with a fun atmosphere and the next time we’ll dine in so that I can order from it’s impressive bar.

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Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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PRODUCT REVIEW – bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0

I was gifted a product sample of bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0, for being a “Beauty Ambassador” for *Ladies Home Journal.  Now for the life of me I don’t remember signing up to become an “Ambassador“, but glad that I did because you know I like to get things FREE!

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I am not a beauty expert nor have I ever claimed to be, but I’ve been known to try new products and then share my opinion, usually an Avon product because that’s what I sell.  So when I get free samples in the mail or from magazines I like to try them as an alternative to my Avon products.  The bareMinerals Eyeshadow READY 2.0, is a duo palette, “PAGE SIX” is a light pink shade and “MOST REQUESTED” is a darker burgundy both contain iridescent sparkles.  I swatched each color onto my arm and found them to be smooth in application as well as a complimentary color for my complexion.

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I primed my eye lids before applying and chose my version of the Smokey Eye look.  Used an elf Angled Couture Eyeshadow brush for “PAGE SIX” and the Blending Eye Brush for “MOST REQUESTED”

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The bareMinerals Eyeshadow went on smoothly with no dusting or falling flakes

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Product wore well throughout the day and looked just as fresh at 3:00 p.m. as it did when first applied at 7:00 am

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* This is solely my opinion – Ladies Home Journal Magazine did not request a review via De Divah Deals Blog in exchange for product*


C.O.D.E. Conference


On Saturday The Money School of Delaware held it’s annual C.O.D.E. Conference for National Entrepreneurship Week at the Chase Center on the Riverfront.   This FREE event was held to give guidance to the small business community in the state of Delaware.

The doors opened at 8:00 am, and after completing a registration form you received a reusable shopping bag courtesy of Shoprite.  Attendees then entered the Riverfront Ballroom where over 30 exhibitors including the SBA, SCORE, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, DEDO, Traci Lynn Jewelry and the YWCA had tables that showcased their products/services as well as items for sale or small giveaways.

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On this cold and rainy morning the hot coffee and danish was a welcomed delight, but for each of the attendees all of various ages and ethnic backgrounds they delighted in a common goal; to obtain information and guidance to make their small business more successful.  Small businesses are the engine that drives the economy in Delaware and if they are successful, we are all successful.

The conference was kicked off by Mary Caracciolli, The Money Confidant, who emphasized that the day wasn’t about networking but about meeting people, building relationships and doing something for someone else.  Opening remarks were made by Lt. Governor Matt Denn, a major supporter of education in the state.  Chase was the #1 sponsor of C.O.D.E. and Daryl Graham spoke about the importance of supporting small businesses.  Ken Anderson, a DEDO rep stated that small businesses have created the most net new jobs in the state of Delaware.  State Treasurer Chip Flowers was also in attendance and video remarks were given by Governor Jack Markell and U.S Senator Chris Coons.

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Judy Travis, Founder of Stockings for Soldiers Delaware spoke of how passion drives your business and presented a slide show.  Last year, over 10 thousand packages containing 47 thousand stockings were made and shipped thanks to the many volunteers who devoted their time.  Volunteers in this effort included students from elementary schools to members of Senior Citizen centers, but donations and volunteers are always needed.  One of the major rewards in volunteering for this program is knowing you are improving the morale of our troops serving overseas.

There were two sets of morning sessions from which to choose that began at 9:30 am: Business Start-up 101, and Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You.  The next two sessions started at 11:00 am: The Business of Your Business and Service…Your Secret Weapon To Success!

I sat in briefly in all 4 sessions and found them to be very informative, enlightening and one was quite entertaining.  Ellyn and Robert of SBA and SCORE started their session by having everyone stand and sing along to the song “Good night, I Gotta Feeling”, by The Black Eye Peas, it was a great way to rev up the brain cells.

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A light lunch of pizza, and snacks were provided before the final General Session, “Understanding Social Media”, presented by Eric Holtzclaw, Founder and Chief Strategist of Laddering Works, LLC.  Using a PowerPoint presentation Eric highlighted the various groups of social media users; discussed understanding social media and how it makes an impact on today’s business.

Audience participation with questions followed, several asking how social media impacts their small businesses and why it was important to brand themselves on the Internet.  Social Media whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, or Google+, is here to stay however, the advice of only using what is comfortable was the underlying message from Eric.

The conference ended with the awarding of Door Prizes ranging from a $100 gift card to autographed copies of Eric’s new book, Laddering: Unlocking the Potential of Consumer Behavior.  Overall, it was a great event for anyone with or who is thinking about starting a small business in the state of Delaware.  Kudos to the staff of The Money School for all their hard work and effort that made this yet another successful event.

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National Entrepreneurship Week Delaware 2013

CELEBRATE 

National Entrepreneurship Week
Delaware 2013

CODE Conference 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Chase Center on the Riverfront

8:00am – 2:00pm 

Thinking about starting a business? 

Already in business but looking for help? 
Want to understand social media?

   

THEN DON’T MISS THIS! 

 

Speakers   Breakout Sessions   Exhibits 
Continental Breakfast & Light Lunch 
Free Resources   Free Parking 
DOOR PRIZES 

 

FREE but REGISTRATION REQUIRED!

 Click here to register or

toll-free 877.307.6858

CODE is a state-wide coalition organized in 2007 to support the Delaware small business
 community. 
 Its mission is to guide the small business community and the public to resources,
 organizations and companies that can provide the information, skill development,
 knowledge and support needed for small business development.
CODE is a program managed by DFLI  with support from Chase
 

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"Got $avings?" – friends don't let friends drown in debt

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First State Saves Week 2013 as part of the “Got $avings” Program  kicks off on Monday, February 25th

“First State Saves Week reminds us to Save Early and Save Often!”

 You are invited to attend any of these FREE classes that are intended to help Delawareans build wealth not debt.

19 Ways to Find Money to Invest

Monday, Feb. 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm @ Bear Library

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Lighten Up Your Energy Bill

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm @ Junior Achievement

522 S. Walnut Street, Wilmington

Free Parking, Snacks and Door Prizes

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Understanding Standing Loans

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm @ Dover Library

Light Lunch Provided

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Retirement Has Changed, What’s Your Next Move?

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 10:30 – 12:00 noon @ Rehoboth Beach Library

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Snowed Under by Clutter

Friday, March 1st, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm @ Claymont Community Center

Light Lunch Provided

 

Classes are Free but registration is required ~ www.dfli.org or 877.307.6858


“Got $avings?” – friends don’t let friends drown in debt

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First State Saves Week 2013 as part of the “Got $avings” Program  kicks off on Monday, February 25th

“First State Saves Week reminds us to Save Early and Save Often!”

 You are invited to attend any of these FREE classes that are intended to help Delawareans build wealth not debt.

19 Ways to Find Money to Invest

Monday, Feb. 25th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm @ Bear Library

* * *

Lighten Up Your Energy Bill

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm @ Junior Achievement

522 S. Walnut Street, Wilmington

Free Parking, Snacks and Door Prizes

* * *

Understanding Standing Loans

Wednesday, Feb. 27th, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm @ Dover Library

Light Lunch Provided

* * *

Retirement Has Changed, What’s Your Next Move?

Thursday, Feb. 28th, 10:30 – 12:00 noon @ Rehoboth Beach Library

* * *

Snowed Under by Clutter

Friday, March 1st, 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm @ Claymont Community Center

Light Lunch Provided

 

Classes are Free but registration is required ~ www.dfli.org or 877.307.6858


FREE Business Cards

Hello friends and Happy Hump Day Wednesday

If you are in the market for new business cards I am going to suggest you try *MOO.com. I’ve always ordered from *Vistaprint and may do so in the future but my next order will definitely be with MOO.com. I was browsing the website based upon recommendations from other Bloggers and found the link to receive 10 Free Business Cards. Not only are the cards FREE but the shipping is also FREE – now that’s how FREE should be! There were several color and font options to choose as well as the ability to left, right or center justify the print.

Immediately after submitting the order I received an email with the status and then another when they were being shipped. Thinking that since the cards were free and were being shipped free they would arrive in an unmarked plastic bag or plain brown envelop.

NOPE!

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The cards arrived in a padded USPS First Class envelop, nestled in a cardboard box which was slid into a cardboard holder similar to a box of matches (remember those?) These free CLASSIC cards are described as 3.30″ x 2.16″, printed on 16pt/350gsm, matte laminate, silky, faintly reflective, to me they are simply nice, high quality business cards that will definitely stand out from others.

Now I need to play around with getting just the right design for my next paid order which starts at $19.99 for 50 cards.

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Have a fantabulous day – Smooches!

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Soulful Shopping Sunday

The 2012 holiday shopping weekend began with “Gray Thursday” next it was “Black Friday” on to “Small Business Saturday” and finally there was what I called, “Soulful Shopping Sunday”.   The Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce (DelMarVa Chapter) held its 2nd Annual Holiday Extravaganza at the Executive Banquet Center in Newark, DE. Outside the Banquet Center the morning air was chilly with a slight hint of mid-day snow but inside the sun streamed through glass doors creating a silhouetted pathway into a large conference room.  Inside that room were brightly covered tables of 43 vendors who were busily adding the final touches to their “stores”.  Delaware and it’s neighboring sister states have an abundance of Home Based Business entrepreneurs and this was a perfect venue for showcasing and networking.

The event began with an Opening Ceremony consisting of award presentations and recognition of members including the first and only member of the Junior Home Based Business Chamber of Commerce.  Justine D’Artist, a 12 year old young lady who creates Duct Tape accessories, roses, wallets and bags.  Each vendor was then handed the microphone to give a brief introduction of themselves and their businesses. By noon people began to trickle in and were presented with a Gift Bag and a “Visit The Vendor” form which if returned and signed by all the vendors would become a raffle ticket, eligible for a cash prize. Several of the vendors provided door prizes which were awarded throughout the day. The $5 admission fee included free Hors D’oeuvres, coloring and face painting for the kids, a live performance by Best Kept Soul, which is a local band who had people out on the dance floor.  There was also performances by Praise Dancers and the Holy Soldiers and His Embrace.

As I walked around stopping to talk to several vendors, I noted that regardless of their product or service they all had one thing in common – true passion and sheer determination. Entrepreneurs and small business owners are America’s life blood which keeps the economy strong and resilient and for that they should be commended.

Jaimie and Ira, Prez and VP of the HBB Chamber of Commerce are doing an excellent job in exposing and expanding the DelMarVa Chapter.  They have made it the fastest growing chapter and recently received the “Chamber of the Year” Award.   Currently there are 7 National Chapters and DelMarVa includes Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, and DC.  As a non-profit their funding is received from sponsorship’s, events such as this and membership dues. If you are a Home Based Business owner and are interested in becoming a member, please contact Jaimie Shanklin at 302-784-5311.

This was by far the best stress-free shopping event of the weekend – shopping, eating, drinking and dancing – you can’t beat that with a stick!

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Vendors from which I received a business card

Armstrong Construction – www.armstronggeneralcontractors.com

Oil’s Etc – alicemcswain2@gmail.com

Boresha – www.Partners4YourFuture.com

Divacoutoure – www.divacoutoure.com

Organo Gold – www.jvp.organogold.com

The Gold Party Girl – www.thegoldpartygirl.com

Toris Accessories – evelena@torisaccessories.com

Arbonne – www.johannascheets.myarbonne.com

Party Lite – www.partylite.biz/cricket

Thirty-One – www.mythirtyone.com/brock17

Essante Organics – www.toxinsandyourhome.com

Jacfred Creation – www.jacfredcreation.com

GoldCanyon – www.NaysUncommonScents.com

Drizzled Desserts – www.drizzleddesserts.net

Designs by Vicki – www.facebook.com/makinitdesignsbyvicki

Numis Network – www.WealthyCoinCollector.com

Scentsy Fragrance – www.christinabiederman.scentsy.us

Scentsy Wickless Candles – http://Lorrainelevering.scentsy.us/

Tastefully Simple – Bettina_ts@ymail.com

Slumber Parties – www.slumberpartiesbym.heathermiller.com

Slumber Parties – www.slumberpartiesbyamybrophy.com

Simply Charming – www.simplycharming.me

Premier Designs – Barbjo311@gmail.com

Chic Treats – www.etsy.com/simplychictreats.com

Justine D’ Artist – www.justinedartist.com

Body By “Vi” – www.ready2exhale.com

Girly Girl Dive Boutique – www.facebook.Girlygirldivaoutique.com

Paparazzi – www.facebook.com/jewelsfor5

Mary Kay – www.marykay.com/efreeman100

A.S.P.I.R.E – www.aspireinc.myvi.net

Artful Images – www.artoflinford.com

Leonard  Young – www.delawareblack.com

I Got Chic – www.igotchic.com

Custom Greek Gear – www.paper-mama.com

ADT – www.thejavahousecafe.com

Advocare – www.facebook.com/getresultsin24

Leon Brown – www.sendoutourcards.com

Usborne Books – www.t3497.myuban.com

Miche’ – www.gottagetthatbag.miche.com

Dell Scott – www.dellscott.com

Rhythms of Royalty – www.youravon.com/ebutler8054

Holiday Shopping in Delaware

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FREE Target Beauty Bag

Yesterday I received the 3rd and from what I’ve read, the final FREE Beauty Bag from Target.  This one is definitely my favorite, a 6″x 5″, vinyl SOHO Beauty Bag in leopard print, perfect for the season and can easily be wiped clean.  It wasn’t until later this morning that I realized it matched my OOTD perfectly so I had a co-worker take this picture.

Inside the beauty bag were the following sample size items:

Included was also a booklet of coupons with an expiration date 12/31/12

$1 OFF each of the following

  • Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy
  • Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup
  • Head & Shoulders/Herbal Essence/Pantene or Aussie Hair Care Products
  • Nivea or Nivea for Men Item
  • Neutrogena Facial Skin Care Item
  • Jergens Skin Care Item
  • L’Oreal Hair Care Item
  • Aveeno Skin or Hair Care Item
  • Covergirl Outlast Lipstain
  • Maybelline NY Face Cosmetic Item
  • $2. OFF Olay Facial Skin Item
  • $3 OFF Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

Have a fantabulous Day – Smooches!